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Pandemic Perspectives (November 2021)

Giving Thanks... Our Own Way

by Carlo Pacis

What's on the menu at a Thanksgiving dinner? Pies, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, ham and, of course, turkey. For some, there's also a heap of giving thanks, which is the reason for the holiday, right?

In case you aren't so clear on the origins of this American tradition, follow THIS LINK to learn more. Actually, other cultures also celebrate having a day of thanksgiving to spend with their loved ones. Learn more about that HERE.

The purpose of this article is not extol the virtues of celebrating a holiday, but to remind ourselves that thanks can, in fact, be given everyday. Spending quality time with your loved ones can be done more than once or twice a year. Holidays that bring families and friends together will always be valuable, but a personal practice of giving thanks for what you have, where you are, who you are, and what is to come is, in my opinion, a healthy perspective to maintain. In fact, there is an article on the 7 scientifically proven benefits of gratitude.

Make it a habit. This ties in with an earlier post on this blog about MEDITATION and how we can benefit from it. With the latest strain of the virus making headlines across the world, it might be time to truly think of what it means to give thanks.

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